‘You’re my best friend, my other half, I’m going to’: Lee Collins’ partner Rachel writes an emotional tribute after the death of the captain of Yeovil Town at the age of 32 – and flowers, sweaters and scarves are left outside of Huish Park while supporters also pay their respects
The late Lee Collins’ partner has paid a moving tribute to the club captain of Yeovil Town after his sudden death at the age of 32.
The defender, who has spent two years with the National League team, was found dead on Wednesday in circumstances that the police did not treat as suspicious.
After the tragic news of his passing, the football world united in mourning, and Rachel Gibbon, who shared three children with Collins, wrote a heartfelt message.
Rachel Gibbon (right) paid a moving tribute to her partner, the late Lee Collins (center), after the Yeovil Town defender’s sudden death this week
Collins played for Yeovil for two years and was found dead on Wednesday at the age of 32
Rachel described Collins as her “best friend, my other half, I’m going to” in an emotional message
Lee Collins. You are their captain, their leader, their champion, ”she wrote. ‘You’re my best friend, my other half, I’m going to.
‘I don’t know how to do this without you, but I promise you, I’ll give it a try for our girls. Thank you all for kind messages, wishes and thoughts. ‘
Collins has left behind daughters Amelia-Grace, Laila-Rose and Charley-Mae.
Tribute has been paid outside of Huish Park today after news of Collins’s tragic death became known
A number of scarves, flowers and sweaters were accompanied by messages of condolence
A large number of supporters went to Huish Park on Friday morning to pay their own solemn obeisances.
A colorful array of sweaters, flowers and scarves are laid out along a stretch outside of the ground.
Most of the tributes were accompanied by messages of condolence.
Two people are depicted paying their own respects to Collins as the tributes continued to pile up
An emotional message described Collins as a ‘leader of men’, ‘our captain’ and ‘my friend’
A classic Yeovil top was also placed on the floor and signed with messages from various fans
A spokesperson for the Avon and Somerset Police Department said: ‘Agents attended a report of a sudden death at an address on High Street, West Coker at about 5pm last night.
Unfortunately, the body of a 32-year-old man has been located.
His death is not treated as suspicious and has been referred to a coroner. His family has been informed and our thoughts are with them. ‘
Yeovil’s upcoming match against Altrincham, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed.
The National League club tweeted the news Thursday afternoon after Collins’s death
A Yeovil flag hung on the wall above the sea of messages and a myriad of flowers
Yeovil’s match against Altrincham, which was scheduled for Friday, has now been postponed
There is a minute of silence before the other games in the division kick off.
Collins was an unused substitute in Yeovil’s last game – a 3-1 win over Barnet – and last played for them in their defeat to Stockport County on February 6.
He has also played for Wolves, Port Vale, Barnsley, Northampton, Mansfield and Forest Green throughout his career.
Collins is pictured ahead of Yeovil’s National League encounter against Barnet last weekend
A club statement from Yeovil said: ‘Everyone at Yeovil Town Football Club is mourning the loss of captain Lee Collins.
Lee sadly passed away yesterday and our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.
“We ask everyone to respect the privacy of the family at this time.”